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Bass player Bob Birch, a long-time member of Elton John’s band, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide at his home in Los Angeles. He was 56.

Ed Winter of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office announced that Birch was found in his San Fernando Valley home after 1 a.m. PDT with a gunshot wound to the head, reports

Elton John said in a note today on his site, “I am devastated and shocked at the loss of my friend and fellow musician, Bob Birch. My heart goes out to Bob’s wife Michele, his son Jonathan and his family. To me Bob was family. He had been a member of my band for 20 years; we played over 1400 concerts together. He was one of the greatest musicians I have ever worked with, and in all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note. READ MORE


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